Frances Ellen Work
|Frances Ellen Work|
October 27, 1857|
New York City
|Died||January 26, 1947
New York City
|Spouse(s)||James Burke Roche, 3rd Baron Fermoy (m. 1880–91)
Aurel de Batonyi (m. 1905–07)
|Children||Hon. Eileen Roche
Hon. Cynthia Burke Roche
Edmund Maurice Burke Roche, 4th Baron Fermoy
Hon. Francis George Burke
|Parent(s)||Franklin H. Work
Frances Ellen Work (October 27, 1857 – January 26, 1947) was an American heiress and socialite. She was a great-grandmother of Diana, Princess of Wales, and her great-great-grandchildren include the Duke of Cambridge, Prince Harry, and the American actor Oliver Platt.
Born in New York City, she was a daughter of Franklin H. Work (1819–1911), a well-known stockbroker and protégé of Cornelius Vanderbilt, and his wife, Ellen Wood (1831–1877). Her sister Lucy Work (1861–1934) was married to Peter Cooper Hewitt.
On September 22, 1880, at Christ Church, New York City, Frances Work married the Hon. James Boothby Burke Roche (1852–1920), who would later become the 3rd Baron Fermoy in 1920. They had four children: two daughters, and twin sons:
- Hon. Eileen Roche (1882−1882)
- Hon. Cynthia Roche (1884−1966), who married firstly Arthur Scott Burden (1879−1921) in 1906 and secondly Guy Fairfax Cary (1879−1950) in 1922. She is the matrilineal great-grandmother of American actor Oliver Platt.
- Hon. Francis Roche (1885–1958), who died unmarried.
- Hon. Edmund Burke Roche (1885–1955), who later became the 4th Baron Fermoy, and was the maternal grandfather of Diana, Princess of Wales.
On August 4, 1905, the Hon. Mrs. Burke Roche married Aurel de Batonyi, a Hungarian-born riding instructor and society horseman. When he immigrated to the United States on the White Star liner Majestic in 1891, Batonyi had claimed he was a count. It was also suggested that his real name was Arthur Cohn. Frances sued de Batonyi for divorce two years after their marriage, allegedly because her father threatened to disinherit her if she continued to live with her husband.
She died in the city of her birth at the age of 89.
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